Mar 5, 2011 6:30pm EST
on private sector union as well. as seth doane tells us, in the pennsylvania town synonymous with chocolate uniworkers have been forced to make a choice. >> laurie deichert goes bowling with her mom. it's the kind of certainty she only wishes she had at work. >> i don't know if i picked the wrong field or what. >> reporter: already laid off from two factory jobs, she's worried about the one she has now-- wrapping those little hershey kisss that made this town famous. milton hershey started his chocolate empire here back in 1903. since then hershey, pennsylvania has become known as the sweetest place on earth. even the lamp posts are wrapped like chocolate, but hard times have come to hershey. >> in 19 years there's been over 2,000 jobs lost. >> reporter: more than 200 jobs were moved to mexico in 2009. now hershey will lay off up to 600 more people this year as the company modernizes its plant. workers without enough seniority, like deichert, could lose their jobs. >> when i do think about it i get teary eyed and it just makes it worse. >> reporter: what are you thinking about? >> what you'
Mar 7, 2011 4:30am EST
face a tough road ahead. seth doane reports. >> reporter: the phones are finally ringing again at oz moving and storage. the company hung on through two years and a housing slump, when few people were moving. with the economy showing signs of life, general manager nanny zifrani is crossing her fingers. >> my confidence meter is up. it feels like things are back on track. or getting back on track. >> reporter: but now, gasoline prices are up, too. gas is highest in california. where the average is $3.88 a gallon. in new york, it's $3.69. oz moving operates in both states. >> our business runs on gas. every mile counts. >> reporter: for oz, with its 50 trucks, price shocks have immediate impact. every dollar increase in the price of gas adds 20% to its operating costs. and they're already squeezed by higher prices. from heating oil, up 36% since october, to paper, used in cardboard boxes, up 15% since last year. like many small companies -- >> you're looking at a guaranteed price -- >> reporter: passing those rising costs on to customers isn't an option. >> competition is just too fier
Mar 25, 2011 3:30pm PDT
monarchs have been spotted in south texas. last year, seth doane reported their population was down 75%. but tonight he tells us they're making a comeback. >> reporter: hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies cluster for warmth in these trees every winter. we were clearly impressed when we visited mexico last year. there are an estimated 250 million monarch butterflies that winter in this preserve. that sounds like a lot, it certainly looks like a lot. but the butterfly population we saw was actually at an all-time recorded low as overdevelopment and illegal logging decimated the forests. this year, the trees were dripping in butterflies and the skies filled with millions more monarchs. butterfly colonies covered nearly ten acres of forest-- double the area last year. conservationist bill toone says that's great news, but... >> all that has to be kept in perspective with the fact that last year was the lowest number of butterflies in mexico since we started recording in 1993. >> reporter: why the rebound? the mexican government has made progress fighting illegal logging, down 97%.
Mar 8, 2011 5:30pm PST
the t.v. show "two and a half men" the actor is now a full-fledged internet sensation and seth doane reports that's creating a lot of jokes and even some job opportunities. >> reporter: charlie sheen is now starring in his own show on the web called "sheen's corner." part tragedy, part science fiction. definitely a mystery. >> i'm going to write my sermons i'm going to deliver them like truth torpedos. we big beg for nothing. beggars beg, winners win. you're either in my corner or you're with the trolls. >> reporter: it's all setting new highs-- or lows-- in the social media sphere. nearly one million new twitter followers in just one day. well over two million now. >> he's lost his day job. is this another life for charlie sheen? >> a lot of people are thinking that charlie sheen has a huge opportunity to monetize his whole crazy train wreck life on line. he's got the tools at his disposal. he's all ready proven that he's a gigantic twitter and facebook monster. >> reporter: companies hoping to cash in are boarding the train wreck, too. sheen's tweet about needing an intern links di
Mar 10, 2011 5:30pm PST
it known they are patriotic americans. seth doane traveled to tennessee to get reaction from one muslim family. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag... >> reporter: every morning at his murfreesboro, tennessee, middle school... >> one nation under god... >> reporter: ... 14-year-old salim sbenaty honors his country. but today while he was taking his english exam, lawmakers on capitol hill were examining extremists within his religion, islam. >> we're not some crazy radical... we're regular people. we're like the average joes. >> reporter: the sbenaty family is getting tired of defending their religion. these hearings on capitol hill aren't targeting you, your family, really, are they? >> well, in a sense they are. you know, they're associating the religion with terrorism. >> if the mosque itself, the place of worship, is labeled as radical, then if i go there, i'm going to be radical as well. >> reporter: there are about 250 muslim families in this town of about 100,000 people. they say they've lived here in peace for decades until last year when the proposed expansion of a mosque inflame
Mar 5, 2011 5:00am PST
in hiring, and ultimately boost the economy. cbs news correspondent seth doane is in times square here in new york. one of the cities showing the most job growth prospects. seth, good morning. >> good morning, rebecca. for all of the talk of the end of the recession, and an economic recovery, a lot of people have been asking the same question, where are the jobs? well, a report out yesterday by the labor department may have started to answer that. showing the strongest sign yet that private employers may be gaining confidence. they came out in droves. thousands crowded wisconsin defense contractor oshkosh, where, along with military vehicles, they're producing 750 new jobs. >> really a nice opportunity to put some people to work at some high-paying jobs. >> reporter: nationwide, 192,000 of those jobs were added in february. up from the rather dismal 63,000 gained the month before. making the increase in february the fastest rate of hiring in nine months. according to the department of labor's jobs report, released friday. >> this morning we learned that the unemployment rate fell to it
Mar 2, 2011 7:00am EST
a lion. with deadly storms and devastating floods hitting the midwest, cbs news correspondent seth doane is in hard-hit findlay, ohio, for us this morning. seth, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. yes, neighborhoods here in findlay that were once along the river now appear to be more in the river. for instance, no one will be driving 25 miles per hour on this street today. residents told us as they stood in their front windows and watched the water levels rise, tensions rose, too. how high did the water get? >> it got up to those rocks down there. >> so right in front of your house? >> yes. >> reporter: this family hauled their belongings to higher ground, just one of thousands battling the floodwaters. >> this is water from the river coming right through your basement. >> yep. the pumps are able to keep up with it now. it's not as high as it was. >> this is just a fact of life for you folks? >> it seems to be in the last four or five years. >> reporter: home is the floodprone town of findlay, ohio. it's hard hit after a violent storm put dropped warm rain on a thick snow pa